The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) was created to close knowledge gaps in green growth strategies and practice to help countries implement green growth policy. The Geneva office of the GGKP officially opened its doors on 22 January 2014.
On 17 January 2014 the ministers who convened in Geneva on the occasion of the Ministerial Summit of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) appealed to the nations, scientific organisations and private sector to redouble their efforts to provide open access to a maximum of data resources. They also approved the continued operation of the GEO to 2025 and the retention of its current structure, which is based on voluntary participation.
On 16 January Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, will travel to Berlin for the opening of International Green Week, where he will meet Germany's Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich. Further meetings with members of Germany's new federal government are planned during the one-day visit.
The Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and associated Ministerial Summit will take place in Geneva from 15 to 17 January 2014. Almost 90 states and 70 organisations will convene with the aim of improving the access to information on the global environment. In accordance with the mandate adopted by the Federal Council on 18 December 2013, the Swiss delegation, led by Bruno Oberle, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, will support the development of a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable central system.
On 11 December 2013, the fifth round of negotiations were held between Switzerland and the European Union with a view to linking their respective CO2 emissions systems. The draft agreement was also fine-tuned.